|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|February 8, 1999
||Contact: Tim Hurd
|Tel. No. (202) 366-9550
NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST
OF DECEMBER RECALLS
General Motors Corporation
Models: Chevrolet Cavalier
Pontiac Sunfire Years: 1996-1997
Number Involved: 27,083
Dates of Manufacture: June 1996 - March
Defect: One of the rear suspension
trailing arm bolts can fatigue and break. If this were to occur while the vehicle is in
motion, a loss of vehicle control could occur, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy: Dealers will replace the rear
suspension trailing arm fasteners. Owner notification was to begin during January 1999.
Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact
Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737.
[NHTSA Recall No. 98V319/ Recall No. 98063]
NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert
consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law,
safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the
owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.
NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a
recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance
with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive
notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair
work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.